HFF Appoints Jeff Bucaro to Director in Chicago Office

As director, Bucaro will focus his efforts on financing hotel transactions in the greater Windy City area.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Jeff Bucaro of HFF
Jeff Bucaro of HFF

ChicagoHFF is expanding its Windy City office with the addition of Jeff Bucaro as director, focused on debt and equity placement for hotel transactions in the greater Chicago area.

Prior to joining HFF, Bucaro served as executive vice president of business development at Aries Capital. With more than 25 years of financial experience under his belt, Bucaro held positions at the former First National Bank of Chicago and ABN-AMRO North America, where he evaluated more than $4 billion in financing opportunities with more than $1 billion in closings across all property types.

“We are excited to have Jeff come aboard and bring his more than 25 years of banking and commercial real estate experience in the Chicago area to our team,” Mike Kavanau, senior managing director & co-head of HFF’s Chicago office, said in a prepared statement.

Kavanau holds an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a certificate in hotel real estate investments and asset management from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Kavanau is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the Chicago Real Estate Council and the Real Estate Investment Association.

“HFF has a very vibrant hospitality practice nationally with more than $4.5 billion in 2015 volume, and has been involved in significant Chicago transactions including the JW Marriott, the Radisson Blu and the Thompson Hotel,” added Kavanau. “Jeff’s addition and focus in this space will help take HFF to the next level.”

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